BY: John Mamola
The morning of the dawn of the Stanley Cup playoffs is a very special time for hockey fans and players alike. While fans are excited and ready to cheer on their heroes, players face a battle between excitement, planning and nerves which can are erased only when the puck is finally dropped on the opening faceoff.
Even those who have battled through a postseason run and hoisted the Stanley Cup still face the jitters that come with the beginning of the post season, including Lightning television analyst Dave Andreychuk who joined WDAE’s ‘The Sports Page’ on Wednesday morning.
“I think I’m more nervous today than I was when I was actually a player,” said the former Lightning Captain. “I didn’t sleep last night but it’s exciting, it really is. I think our fans got a little taste of it a couple of years ago and obviously with the run to the cup, those who were around then. I think a lot of our new fans are going to experience something that they’re really going to like.”
The Lightning will host the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the NHL playoffs beginning on Wednesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
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